According to the Washington Post and Daily Nation, a Kenyan bus was stopped by armed members of an Islamist terrorist organization yesterday. The terrorists demanded that the people on the bus divide into Muslim and non-Muslim (as they prepared to kill those who were not Muslim). The Muslims refused to separate themselves from the Christians, even though the terrorists told them they would be spared if obeyed. The Muslims even gave some religious attire to the Christians to delay and confuse the terrorists. As Muslim passenger Abdi Mohamud Abdi reports:
“We even gave some non-Muslims our religious attire to wear in the bus so that they would not be identified easily. We stuck together tightly.. The militants threatened to shoot us, but we still refused and protected our brothers and sisters. Finally they gave up and left but warned that they would be back.”
Two people were still murdered before the terrorists fled, but many more could have been killed if it wasn’t for the courage of some very brave passengers. In November 2014 Islamic terrorists in Kenya also separated a bus into Muslim and non-Muslim people, killing 28 non-Muslims.Kenyan Minister Joseph Nkaissery also praised the bravery of the Muslims :
“These Muslims sent a very important message of the unity of purpose, that we are all Kenyans and that we are not separated by religion.. Everybody can profess their own religion, but we are still one country and one people.”
This is a remarkable story and I hope it continues to gather more attention. Terrorist organizations thrive on hatred of the “other” group, but their power is severely weakened if we refuse to let them separate us. Many Christians in America hold some very bigoted views against Muslims and I think they could a lot from these brave Kenyans.
Featured image from screen grab of NTV Kenya